September 1st Update

posted Sep 1, 2020, 1:47 PM by Brent Hopkins

Sept 1, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

This week all teaching staff returned to the building and are engaged in preparing for our school opening. We continue to prepare our physical spaces as well.  


Following the Board’s (OCSB) August 21st deadline for parents to indicate their mode of delivery preference (online or in-person) we began the process of rescheduling.  The process continues this week.  


Like all OCSB high schools, our staggered approach will be based on grade levels as follows:


  • Grade 7: Tuesday, September 8

  • Grade 8: Wednesday, September 9

  • Grades 9 to 12 (Cohort A): Monday, September 14

  • Grades 9 to 12 (Cohort B): Tuesday, September 15


7&8 Classes


The parents of all students learning online this fall will receive an email confirmation of their child’s class placement when we receive confirmation from the Virtual Academy.  


The parents of all students attending in-person will receive an email identifying their child’s homeroom placement and room location as well as other opening day details.  We anticipate this will take place on Friday, September 4th.  


High School Schedules


The parents of all students learning online this fall will receive an email confirmation of their child’s class placement from when we receive confirmation from the Virtual Academy.  


High School in-person cohorts will align with student’s last names.  Rare exceptions could result from unique class balancing requirements.  Cohort A will be comprised of all students with the last name’s beginning with the letters A-K.  Students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z will be part of Cohort B. An exception will be made for families with children that have been placed in separate cohorts as a result of having different last names.  Please notify the school if this situation applies to your family.  


We ask that parents not contact the school with schedule questions or requests for changes at this time. We will communicate directions regarding how to make course change requests and what types of requests can be considered when scheduling and balancing is completed. 


Chromebooks/BYOD

 

As part of our school BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model students are encouraged to bring their personal electronic devices to school.  This practice will help limit the sharing of items by students.  For further information please review the following:   BYOD Model


Student Checklist


If you are wondering what items to prepare for your child this year, click here to access a list of recommended items for all students (K-12).


Transportation


The Ottawa Transportation Authority (OSTA) has announced that yellow school bus service will begin on September 14. OSTA needs to coordinate the logistics for over 1300 vehicles and close to 5000 different combinations of daily routes. Student and driver safety remains everyone’s number one priority. For more information, visit return to school transportation information (OSTA website).


We know that many families will be opting to drive students to school.  It is important to note that it is not practical or safe for every child to be provided door-to-door drop-off service. It will result in significant congestion in front and beside the school.  We ask that you consider establishing a drop-off / pick-up location in the vicinity of the school.  Please also encourage your child(ren) to refrain from walking on or across private property belonging to neighbours with homes in the community.  During the nice weather we hope that many students will continue to take advantage of the opportunity to walk or bike to school.


Masks


All students and staff  are mandated by the Province to wear masks while in school. There are a very rare set of exceptions for which approval from the school must be granted.  Please see the latest update from Ottawa Public Health related to questions about face masks. As is the case with hand-washing and physical distancing we will be supporting students as they become accustomed to new routines.  


School Changes


Since parents won’t be allowed inside schools this year, we thought it would be helpful to provide this short video.  It was prepared by the Board to highlight some of the measures being implemented so as to create safe, welcoming learning environments. 


Parent Tools


As new information is available we will continue to communicate with you. If you did not receive this by email, please take a moment to sign-up for a SchoolMessenger account.  


Last spring the OCSB launched its Parent Portal.  The Parent Portal allows parents to view their child’s report card.  Parents who have not yet registered for a Parent Portal account should go to https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/ and follow the instructions for registering for an account.  


Additional Public Health Updates


Ottawa Public Health routinely updates its website regarding school-related topics. You can find detailed information on everything from ventilation to screening practices to how to contain community spread. Read Ottawa Public Health’s Responses to FAQ from Schools and School Boards.



Brent Hopkins

Principal




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